Marine parade explorer
Distance: 15km one way or 30km return
Trail Status: Open
Surface: Concrete and lime sand sections
Traffic: Light to Heavy
This section of Hawke’s Bay Trails starts at Ahuriri. It passes Napier Port, parks, gardens and numerous fun attractions for the kids. There are many places you can park a vehicle beside the trail and get started – just check time limits. This popular urban section of trail is shared with many users and ideal for hand bike, wheelchairs, recumbents and trikes.
Activities to stop and indulge on the way include: the iconic Napier ‘cloud’ viewing platform, mini-golf, the sunken garden, ice-cream shops, skate park, playgrounds, coffee houses, junior bike park, pump park and the National Aquarium. The i-SITE Visitor centre is located near the Sound Shell, just off the trail.
As you leave the city limits the trail stretches out beside the ocean. It is an easy, mostly flat ride to Waitangi Regional Park, worth a short lime sand detour to see the stunning Star Compass, Ātea A Rangi. Stop here for a photo, learn about early European settlers and how Maori ancestors used the sun, moon and stars to throughout the Pacific Ocean on sailing canoes known as waka.
Leaving the bridges and concrete section of trail, turn left, go through the gate onto a lime sand section and to join the Clive River to Clive, where there are some great places to stop for refreshments.
Clive township is the end of this section. A popular area offering a range of accommodation, with parking for self-contained campervans right through to luxury cottages.